Emily Burns’ path to suc­cess

Isis Town and Country - - News -

A TRIP to Syd­ney to at­tend a sum­mer danc­ing pro­gram has opened the door to an un­prece­dented op­por­tu­nity for Emily Burns.

The for­mer St Joseph’s Childers stu­dent at­tended the In­ter­na­tional Sum­mer School from Jan­uary 6-16.

Dur­ing the first week of the pro­gram, McDon­ald Col­lege’s prin­ci­pal ap­proached the 14-year-old af­ter see­ing her dance the pre­vi­ous day, and of­fered a schol­ar­ship for the next three years.

It did not take long for Emily to re­spond, and be­fore she knew it Janet Burns was help­ing pack her daugh­ter’s bags for Syd­ney.

“They said they still had some schol­ar­ships from last year,” Mrs Burns said.

The of­fer was im­pos­si­ble to turn down, with the jazz and tap spe­cial­ist opt­ing to fur­ther her per­form­ing arts ed­u­ca­tion at the pres­ti­gious dance school.

She will slot into school in Year 10, and at 14 will be one of the youngest stu­dents in the grade.

But ac­cord­ing to Mrs Burns that will not faze the TNT Dance Stu­dio mem­ber, who has danced since be­fore she was three years old.

“I was talk­ing to the prin­ci­pal (yes­ter­day) morn­ing and they’ve only had pos­i­tive things to say,” Mrs Burns said.

“She’s al­ways worked re­ally hard.

“She did sil­ver star jazz and bronze star tap, but she’s been put straight up to gold star for both.

“It is a jump but we fig­ured she should be able to han­dle it.”

Dur­ing her time at TNT Emily was taught by Michele Bates and Couris Shep­pard, while she learned ballet from Lyn Jover.

She ex­celled in her exam work, usu­ally earn­ing honours or distinc­tion marks.

Emily has en­tered many eisteddfods, mainly the Bund­aberg Fes­ti­val of Dance, since she was in the six years and un­der age group.

She per­formed well over the years, and was awarded many en­cour­age­ment tro­phies as well as win­ning three cham­pi­onships and run­ner-up for an­other.

In 2014, Emily was awarded the tro­phy for the Per­former Show­ing the Most Po­ten­tial at the eisteddfod.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON STAGE: For­mer St Joseph’s Childers stu­dent Emily Burns will study at the pres­ti­gious McDon­ald Col­lege af­ter re­ceiv­ing a schol­ar­ship.

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